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Pomona Officer Killed, Second Wounded by Barricaded Suspect Who Has Not Surrendered


A police officer in Pomona has died after being shot Friday night by a man barricaded in an apartment complex, officials announced Saturday, with Ventura County law enforcement agencies offering support for the fallen lawman.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Christopher Bergner says the suspect fired through the door, striking Casillas and another officer.

The suspect crashed into a parked vehicle before fleeing on foot, sheriff's officials reported.

A second officer was shot and expected to survive.

Two officers were struck in the apparent shootout; one of them was shot in the head and was seen being carried to safety by his colleagues.

The two officers - both from the Pomona Police Department - were eventually taken to a hospital, the law enforcement source said.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must report that one officer did not survive", Pomona police Chief Michael Olivieri said in a Tweet early Saturday morning.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's SWAT team was surrounding the complex in the 1400 block of South Palomares Street, where the gunman was still believed to be barricaded inside an apartment.

LASD SWAT and crisis negotiators had spent the night trying to negotiate with the suspect to surrender.

The confrontation began when Pomona police officers attempted to stop the suspect for alleged reckless driving.

He added the second officer wounded was in stable condition. Pomona is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County.

Authorities have not released any more information including whether the suspect is in custody.

The shooter, who has not been identified, remains barricaded inside the apartment and the scene is active, the captain said.